The lock down has ended now that the gunman has been apprehended, but at least 17 people have died in the horrific shooting spree.

By Joe McDonough

Posted on February 15, 2018

A shooting spree has just taken place at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida.

There are unconfirmed reports that multiple people have been killed, with at least another 20 injured when a gunman with a rifle opened fire.

Sky News is reporting that a teenage suspect is in custody but authorities cannot confirm the gunman acted alone.

The students were in lock-down in their classrooms, with 18-year-old pupil Nicole Baltzer saying — “I heard so many gunshots, at least like six. They were very close.”

Student Michael Katz told ABC News that at the end of the day he “heard what sounded like a garbage truck like banging”.

But students are now being dismissed.

Developments as they come to hand.

Update — 4.38pm (local time)

One fatality has been confirmed and there are reports that two other people have died.

While the number of people injured has risen from initial reports of 20 to over 50.

A shattered Robert Runcie, superintendent of Broward County Public Schools, said there were no warnings or threats, and it is a “heartbreaking tragedy”.

Update — 6.58pm (local time)

The shooter has been identified as former student 19-year-old Nikolas Cruz. He was armed with an AR-15 assault rifle and “countless magazines”.

The death toll has risen to 17, according to two law enforcement officers at the scene.

It is understood Cruz was expelled from the school for disciplinary reasons, and attempted to flee by blending in with the panic-stricken students running from the scene.

Update — 9.42pm (local time)

Of the 17 people that were killed in the shooting, 12 were inside the building, two were outside the school and one person was on the road.

At least three people remain in critical condition.

Broward County Sheriff Scott Israel said the gunman was taken into custody without incident.

“He got expelled for disciplinary reasons, I don’t know the specifics,” he said.

“We are beginning to dissect his websites and things on social media that he was on and some of the things that have come to light are very, very disturbing.”

A student at Stoneman Douglas told WSB-TV that it was a running joke that Cruz would “shoot up the school”.